become a stem star!
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. You should be interested in STEM because these subjects affect our lives every day. Do you ever wonder how your cell phone works, how your doctor can take pictures of your internal organs, how countries can send people into space, or how bridges are constructed? STEM is the answer!
Also, many of the best-paying, lowest-unemployment jobs in our country are based in STEM fields. STEM professionals such as engineers and scientists work to solve real-world problems like coming up with cures for cancer and inventing new forms of energy to power our buildings. STEM professionals are motivated by a spirit of innovation and discovery, they like to help people, and often work in teams.
There are opportunities for entering STEM careers at all educational levels—some don’t even require a college degree! But you SHOULD take four years of high school math and three years of high school science, so that you can be ready for any field of study or employment.
Here are the STEM Fields of Study (also known as “majors”):
STEM Fields of Study
- Agriculture & Natural Resources
- Biological & Biomedical Sciences
- Computer & Information Sciences
- Engineering & Engineering Technology/Technicians
- Health Professionals & Clinical Sciences
- Mathematics &Statistics
- Physical Sciences
FIRST STOP: WOW!
To begin your exploration of STEM opportunities, click here and be WOWED. This video introduces you to fifteen individuals in Massachusetts who studied science, math and/or engineering. Studying STEMhelped these individuals to find work that they really enjoy. Studying STEM could provide this satisfaction and enjoyment to you too.
GOING FURTHER: Middle School
Are you ready to think deeper about what kind of work you might enjoy, what jobs might fit your personality, and what majors you might want to study further? Your next stop should be to the Massachusetts Career Information System (MassCIS) site. Click here to continue your education and career investigation.
Click on the section for middle school students. This site has surveys, games, and interactive tools to help you answer questions such as “Who am I?”; “Where do I want to go?” and, “How do I get there?”
GETTING THERE: Thinking About College
Do you think you are getting a sense of what kind of work you’d like to pursue? Then it’s time to think about which colleges and programs of study can get you there. The MassCIS site also has a section for high school students to deepen their exploration of job interests and employment goals and the post-secondary (after high school) pathwaysthey can take.
Your Plan for College is another great site to help high school students with college and career planning. Bothsites will also give you moreinformationabout colleges in Massachusetts and connect you with those that specialize in the fields and majors you’ve selected. The YourPlanforCollege site can also help you organize application and financial aid materials.
You’ve landed! Now that you know what kind of work you’d like to do, and what kind of education you’ll need, aren’t you interested in knowing what kinds of jobs are available in Southeastern Massachusetts? Here is a partial list of Southeastern MA companies that offer STEM jobs. Click on any name to go directly to their employment web site and learn more about our region’s employers who may be waiting to hire YOU!
- HarborOne Bank
- Lockheed Martin
- Sensata Technologies
- U.S. Air Force
DIGGING DEEPER: Focusing on STEM
The sites above will help all students learn about themselves and the possible job and education options they might pursue. But, if you are convinced that STEM jobs are the COOLEST and STEM professionals have the BEST OPPORTUNITIES, then you might want to explore specific STEM majors more deeply.
STEM Fields - ALL: The Sloan Career Cornerstone Center has information for more than 185 STEM-focused degree fields, plus interviews with hundreds of professionals who offer insight into their own diverse careers.
ENGINEERING: Do you wonder how roller coasters are developed? Do you want to create new worlds? Visit http://www.discoverengineering.org . Engineering, Go For It is another great site where you can learn about engineering careers: http://www.egfi-k12.org
PHYSICAL SCIENCES: Physics impacts everything we do. Don’t believe it? Then check out http://mrfizzix.com/physics/red.htm
HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES: What does it take to become a doctor? What makes someone want to become a nurse? How about the people who work in labs, conducting research to prevent and cure diseases in the future? http://science.education.nih.gov/LifeWorks.nsf/feature/index.htm